Julian read History at Cambridge and joined the Bank of England in 1986 where he worked in a variety of roles in the supervision and markets areas.
He joined the FSA at its creation and has held a number of senior management roles within the organisation, including head of wholesale insurance firms and leadership of the department that supervises the major retail UK banks.
He played a key role in the FSA’s response to the financial crisis and the recapitalisation of the banking sector.
He has represented the UK on a number of international working groups in particular through his Chairmanship of the IAIS Reinsurance Transparency Group and the Basel Task Force on Colleges.
In October 2009 he was appointed Director of Retail Firms Division and was responsible for the supervision of over 600 firms covering building societies, life and general insurers, banks and asset managers.
In April 2011 Julian became Director of Insurance and as such is responsible for the delivery of the Solvency II programme.